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Previous Post about the EU

I can belatedly, see that some people may think the post was racist but it was meant to be anti-racism.  We don’t need to  have bodies of every colour in advertisements; we should be more relaxed.  Of course, if I feel that my colour is under-represented, then I will not buy that product.  This is exactly the dilemma for advertisers.

We are all seeking calm from the political turmoil.  It is good for our political future that David Cameron still wants to stand as an MP in 2020, (as in The Evening Blend of The Spectator 12/07/20116)

There must be few countries where every political leader dives for cover at once.  However, the UK has solid systems in place.  If the Scots don’t make us pay for another Referendum, then we’ll be fine.  I am perturbed by the exclusion of Nigel Farage from Brexit negotiations.   I thought it was better to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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What If No Explanation for Immigration, Economy

Hi Everyone

I have been an EU leaver until yesterday, when I saw my brother. He has a whizzy job in London and he told me a story.

Think of Switzerland which is not in the EU. When a company wants one of their staff to go and work there, that person needs a Visa.  This takes 6 weeks.  In the digital age where we deal in everything being instant, six weeks is an impossible wait.

So what is the company forced to do? They choose a Swiss person, who is not a good match, because he or she is there and does not need a visa.  If Britain leaves the EU, then we shall all be like the Swiss.  Every person from every company will need a visa if we wish to work in Europe

Trading with the EU will be the same as new trade agreements need to be agreed. This apparently takes two years for a simple agreement.  We all know that is ridiculous.

My brother also told me that over half our trade is with Europe. Suddenly we will need a visa and a new trade agreement.  It will not work in the beginning and waiting more than a month of those two years will destroy us and collapse our economy.

What to do? The politicians have had a huge wake-up call.  They do not know their people and seem more inclined to listen to foreigners than their own.  This will stop when we make it stop, i.e., through political will and that of the people.

My brother told me that if an exit happens, our finance industry, which is a substantial contributor to our wealth, will go down to nothing in global terms. London has been a big financial centre for the last 10 or so years.  Why would we spoil it now?  Because we do not understand.  I cannot believe what a mess the politicians are making.  Get some real people on the TV.

My thought is to keep whingeing from within. The first thing to demand is for the European parliament to stay in one place.  Secondly, we must make life better in the countries that the immigrants are fleeing.  I had a comment here on the blog to suggest that Europe needed to change its ideology! So these people are not in the real world either.

If we do go out, nothing will be done right away and that will build civil tension. If the financiers lose their jobs it is 2008 all over again and everyone else will start losing theirs if not worse.

I have changed my mind and will be voting to remain in the EU.

As ever, your vote is your own. Good luck to you.

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Britain Does The Hokey-Cokey* With The EU

Hi, Britain is consumed by the EU Referendum. It is on television every night.
This evening, the EU President Donald Tusk said an exit by Britain will result in the break-up of Western political civilisation. We can read all sorts of things into that, starting with fear for his job. But how can this be? According to the EU, Britain has been an insignificant voice, one with little power. It is after all an island nation. I think that man has ignored what happened when his namesake, currently running for US President tried to shove his oar in, so to speak. How can I say this politely? Please do not preach to us.

“The EU is for the people.”

Normal people do not speak like that. It is politician-speak. The British people fear being overrun. If those in Newcastle, a salt-of-the-earth heartland think so, then it is happening. (TV News interview last night). The trouble is that politicians are making their first nationwide forays into speaking to normal people, rather than activists. They should have done the chats first, before making up their minds.

The majority cry for Britain to close its borders. Mr Cameron was wrong when he said that refugee camps would move from Calais to Kent. As Lord Hill, who sits in the House of Lords, explained, Britain has had an agreement about borders with France since before the establishment of the EU. Of course we have. I feel sorry for a man who has to take a hundred decisions a day.

So, after the vote, what do we want first?
Please close our borders except to decent people who have skills that we need.

I am voting to leave. Good luck to you with your vote.

By the way the Hokey-Cokey is a singing game and goes:
“In, out, in out, shake it all about. Do the Hokey-Cokey and turn around, that’s what it’s all about.”

LucyLou

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Naive and Simplistic

I have come crashing down to Earth today. My view is naive and simplistic. Something I believed in for ten years has become a damp squib, has become unimportant and I look for enlightenment in other ways.

It’s just that war in Syria that upsets me. Everyone, whatever side, is obliterating a country. It is like someone dropped a bowling ball in a puddle. All the people have sprayed out to other places, unwilling to take them. They want to come to Britain as some sort of Utopia, but we are figuring how to progress. Saudi Arabia is considering sending ground troops.

The British cannot afford to pay for the bombs. Will the Chancellor take millions of low-paid people off welfare benefits and then use the money to pay for more bombs?

Could we have some lateral thinking here? Could women be part of a diplomatic solution? Wided Bouchamaoui and three men of Tunisia won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. They brought peace to their own country. Please let them help here.

LucyLou

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Oil Price & Consequences

Hello

There is too much oil in the world and the price plummets.

Someone identifies an oil well in Syria which is apparently being used as an income stream for ISIS. The Americans want to shut it down but they cannot possibly do it themselves because Russia, also with interests in the region, would see it as a declaration of World War Three. They need a fall-guy. Enter the British and their reliance on a daft special relationship. Their value to the Americans is being strategically placed between America and Russia.

Parliament discussed occasional airborne forays into Syria for a whole day. The Air Forces Minister told the media that they were not discussing airstrikes; they were merely discussing the possibility of making occasional forays into Syrian airspace. She let slip that the British were also making occasional airborne forays into other countries, Iraq, for example. I must have missed that in the media, because Britain is meant to be out of that war. We cannot keep going into countries and bombing them.

Then she went back into a parliamentary late-night sitting and the next thing we know is that RAF fighters and Typhoons take off in the early hours of the following morning. The British public later finds out that an oilwell in Syria has been bombed, ending an apparent income stream for ISIS. Let us hope that the Americans did not us looking for something that was not there or not happening.

What happened to NATO and the UN? Don’t they have a say in what happens? Surely better that than individual countries making their own decisions to bomb certain parts of these countries? Secondly, bombs are hugely expensive, both in themselves and in the consequence of the population leaving and wanting to come to Europe’s peaceful countries. One has to wonder, whatever next?

Lucylou

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